Black Women of Bond

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Gloria Hendry, Trina Parks, Halle Berry and Naomie Harris

Ahead of the release of Spectre this past weekend, the lovely black actresses that have been Bond girls over the years all shared a stage to celebrate the black women of Bond.  Halle Berry, Naomie Harris, Trina Parks and Gloria Hendry were brought together at the California African American Museum, where they recounted what there contributions meant to such a lauded and long-lived franchise.

According to Variety, Gloria Hendry was Bond’s first black love interest when she appeared in the 1983 film, Live and Let Die.

Hendry, who appeared in 1983’s “Live and Let Die,” became Bond’s first African-American love interest. Little known fact: Hendry’s love scenes with then-Bond Roger Moore were cut when the film was initially released in South Africa because it was prohibited by the apartheid government. At the time, her romantic role with Moore was a feat that she never imagined.

“When I was asked to do this movie, I said, ‘I’m not tall, I’m not blue-eyed, I’m not busty and I’m not white. What do they want me for?’” she remembered. “A week later I was cast for it.”

While I’m loving Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, but I certainly hope this doesn’t mean we’re only going to be seeing her stuck behind a desk and away from the action.  I also hope that there won’t continue to be such large gaps between the films being cast with black women and other women of color in major roles.

It’s 2015.  With all the talk of Idris Elba possibly taking up the mantle of James Bond when Daniel Craig finishes his run as the suave spy, I’d think they can do a little better when it comes to hiring actresses of color.  Here’s hoping.

(Photo credit:  Chelsea Lauren/Variety/Rex Shutterstock)

2 thoughts on “Black Women of Bond

    1. “Live and Let Die” was in 1973. Theme music by Paul McCartney and Wings.

      Sometimes they include singer, Shirley Bassey because she holds the record for James Bond theme songs. 1964 – Goldfinger, 1971 – Diamonds are Forever and 1979 – Moonraker.

      Just a little James Bond music trivia. The song “If You Asked Me To” was originally sang by Patti LaBelle for the 1989 movie “Licence to Kill”. The Celine Dion version came out in 92.

      Grace Jones was probably doing her own tour since  her autobiography is out now.

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